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Marathon set to boost Naivasha visitor arrivals

Security in and around Naivasha town has been beefed up as hundreds of Kenyans prepare to flock the lakeside town for Easter festivities. The festivities also coincide with the Lake Naivasha Half Marathon on Saturday that will be graced by Deputy President William Ruto.

The event seeks to raise funds for charity. Naivasha MP, Jayne Kihara, said they expect a high turnout for the marathon planned to raise funds for construction of a disability information centre.

Top government and private sector officials are expected to attend and she called on Kenyans to register in large numbers . Outgoing Naivasha deputy county commissioner Isaac Masinde said police had been deployed to patrol key areas and ensure that Kenyans visiting the town do so without fear.

This came as hotels recorded higher bookings compared to last year, an indication that the sector has picked up from the aftermath of the 2017 electioneering period. A spot check around various hotels found a flurry of activities as staff prepared for a busy long weekend.

George Njuguna, General Manager at Heritage Resort, said the bookings stood at 60 per cent by yesterday morning. He said the industry is picking up from last year when they suffered from the prolonged electioneering period.

“We look forward to the festivities where Kenyans will be free to visit the town and enjoy our hospitality,” he said. Njuguna said several activities are planned for the four days, including boat rides, visits to Hells Gate National Park (Hell), nature walks and performances by musicians.

According to Cray Fish Camp CEO Peter Mehta, the bookings were quite high and he exuded confidence of getting to 100 per cent by today. “Last year was the lowest point in recent times.

We have now planned well for this occasion — boat rides, horse rides and excursions to Hell, among other activities. I call upon Kenyans to visit the area and enjoy the holiday,” he said.

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